# Questions tagged [polynomials]

Questions in which polynomials (single or several variables) play a key role. It is typically important that this tag is combined with other tags; polynomials appear in very different contexts. Please, use at least one of the top-level tags, such as nt.number-theory, co.combinatorics, ac.commutative-algebra, in addition to it. Also, note the more specific tags for some special types of polynomials, e.g., orthogonal-polynomials, symmetric-polynomials.

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### Variants of Eisenstein irreducibility

In his article where he stated what we know as Eisenstein's irreducibility criterion (which actually was first proved by Schönemann, as was Scholz's reciprocity law and Hensel's Lemma), he ...
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### Polynomials and L^p(R)

As someone who mostly does symbolic computation, I've always been puzzled by the fascination mathematicians seem to have with Lp(R) (for p<∞)? To be more precise, there are no non-trivial ...
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### Galois group of a product of polynomials

How can I compute the Galois group of the polynomial $fg\in K[x]$ assuming that I know the Galois groups of $f\in K[x]$ and $g\in K[x]$? Let's suppose for simplicity that the field $K$ is perfect.
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### English reference for a result of Kronecker?

Kronecker's paper Zwei Sätze über Gleichungen mit ganzzahligen Coefficienten apparently proves the following result that I'd like to reference: Let $f$ be a monic polynomial with integer ...
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### Counting lattice points on an n-simplex

Imagine an n-simplex, the solution set for the expression: $a_1$*$x_1$ + $a_2$*$x_2$ + ... + $a_n$*$x_n$ = S, where: $a_1$ through $a_n$ are positive bounded integers $x_1$ through $x_n$ are ...
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### Expressing field inclusions by polynomial equalities on coefficients

Let $A$ be the set of all quadruples $(a_0,a_1,a_2,a_3) \in {\mathbb Q}^4$ such that the polynomial $P=X^4+a_3X^3+a_2X^2+a_1X+a_0$ is irreducible and if $z$ is any root of $P$, then ${\mathbb Q}(z)$ ...
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### Tschirnhaus Transformation

Recently in my Intro to Proofs class, we've been talking about the fundamental theorem of algebra, which states that all polynomials of degree n always have n, not necessarily distinct, not ...
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### Irreducible polynomial over number field with roots in every completion?

Let K/Q be a field, probably not a finite extension. Is it possible for a polynomial to be irreducible over K but have a root in every completion of K? What about all but finitely many completions? ...
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### Roots of truncations of $e^x - 1$

During a talk I was at today, the speaker mentioned that if you truncate the Taylor series for $e^x - 1$, you'll get lots of roots with nonzero real part, even though the full Taylor series only has ...
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### No simple duplication formula for factorials?

Many special functions including the gamma function have a duplication formula of some sorts. In the case of the gamma function it reads: Gamma(2z) = Gamma(z) Gamma(z+1/2) 22z-1/Gamma(1/2) On the ...
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### When is a monic integer polynomial the characteristic polynomial of a non-negative integer matrix?

Suppose $P(x)$ is a monic integer polynomial with roots $r_1, ... r_n$ such that $p_k = r_1^k + ... + r_n^k$ is a non-negative integer for all positive integers $k$. Is $P(x)$ necessarily the ...
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### Polynomials that are sums of squares

Is any algorithm known for determining whether or not a multivariate polynomial with integer coefficients can be written as a sum of squares of such polynomials? By way of background, if we one ...